A lonely elderly man ran an ad asking someone to spend Christmas with him. A whole lot of people responded.

A lonely elderly man ran an ad asking someone to spend Christmas with him. A whole lot of people responded.
James Gray is an 85-year-old Irish retired butler living in London. He doesn’t have any family, many of his friends have passed away, and frailty prevents him from getting out and about like he used to. As a result, though he doesn’t like it, Gray has gotten used to being alone most of the time. The hardest time of year is Christmas. Gray told the Irish Post: “This time of year is so hard if you are old and alone because it feels like everybody else around you is enjoying themselves.”
This would have been Gray’s 10th Christmas alone, but he was inspired to try something new. He placed an ad in the Irish Post, asking if any other pensioners would like to get together for Christmas lunch. Sadly, he only got one reply, and that person later canceled.
A lonely elderly man ran an ad asking someone to spend Christmas with him. A whole lot of people responded.
Then, something magical happened. Niall O’Sullivan of the Irish Post ran a piece about Mr. Gray’s quest for companionship. Readers were moved, and pretty soon cards, letters, and invitations to spend Christmas Day together were flooding in from all over the UK and the world. So far, Mr. Gray has received over 1,000 cards:
The first #JamesGray cards from the US, Canada and Australia arrived today. The total is now over 1,000. Incredible!

Source: happyplace.someecards.com

 

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2 comments

  1. Sad that in today’s society he had to do that, reach out to strangers … like when you see the homeless you think gee don’t they know anyone who cares, who would offer them floor space, a couch even?

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